Health expert says new COVID variant in Ghana travels 50-70 times faster than the old one

The Director of Health Promotion at the Ghana Health Service (GHS), Dr. Dacosta Aboagye says the new Covid-19 variant spreads faster than the old one.

According to him, the new strain of the virus is transmitted between fifty to seventy (50-70) times faster than the previously recorded cases.

Dr. Aboagye said so far, Ghana has recorded two cases of two different strains of the virus with one originating from the United Kingdom and the other from South Africa.

“Both variants spread very fast and I am thinking they have the same symptoms as the first version of the virus. But, the only difference is that the transmission is very fast. The new variants travel between 50-70 times faster than the normal ones we know of”.

He noted that the different strains were imported into the country via the Kotoka International Airport (KIA) but these individuals were put under isolation.

“We all know that with the reopening of our borders, we required anyone coming into the country to come along with a PCR test from their country of origin, and upon their arrival to Ghana, they undergo the antigen test and asked to self isolate.

“However, we recently changed our policy a bit and insisted that anyone who tested positive for COVID-19 will be housed in our facilities for a second test”.

Dr. Dacosta noted that for the second test, the positive cases were put through genetic sequencing and that was when “we noticed they were infected with the new variants from the UK and South Africa”.

The Director of Health Promotion at the GHS assured the populace the positive cases of the new variants are receiving treatment in isolation and treatment centers under the Ghana Health Service.

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